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Feb 27, 2019 23:43:41

What I'm reading (listening to)

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Haider Al-Mosawi

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I got back from Bahrain to Kuwait (by car) today, and the 5-hour ride was a perfect chance to listen to audiobooks. I started to listen to The Practicing Stoic, which seems like the perfect take on Stoicism I've been looking for, because it blends an explanation of the overall philosophy of Stoicism and the practical reflections modern readers would find beneficial to contemplate (for example, the insight that our reactions to circumstances are really reactions to our opinions on circumstances, and not the circumstances themselves).

Unfortunately, it turned out that I hadn't downloaded the entire book, and I had disabled roaming in Saudi Arabia, so I couldn't continue listening to the book. I decided to listen to Manifest Now by Idil Ahmed, which was recommended to me by a friend. While I haven't bought into the idea of "the law of attraction" or manifestation (attracting the results you want in life through your thoughts and the energy you put out to the universe), but I find it helpful in getting out of my own way. Negative thoughts, doubt, and skepticism impede action. That's what I mean by getting in my own way. I can accomplish great things, but not if I tell myself that I can't.

What are YOU listening to/reading? And what do you feel are some issues you're grappling with and searching for a solution to?

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    @haideralmosawi Thanks for the recco on "Practising Stoic". A book similar to this topic is "A guide to a good life" by William Irvine. I have got a very high recommendation on this book from many people I look upon.

    I am currently listening to a podcast series called "Acquired" (all their old episodes and old seasons) and I am reading a book called "Mom Test" (on how to talk to customers).

    Santhosh Guru avatar Santhosh Guru | Feb 28, 2019 09:24:24
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      @santhoshguru Thanks for sharing, Santhosh! "A Guide to the Good Life" was one of the first books on Stoicism that I read. It's a great entry point and very useful in making Stoic ideas accessible (for example, the author gave the analogy of a tennis match to explain the difference between internal and external goals: an internal goal would be playing your best game. An external goal would be trying to win the match. The Stoics recommend focusing on internal goals because externals are outside our control).

      I'll check out the podcast and book, too. Thanks! (The Mom Test sounds very useful for me!).

      Haider Al-Mosawi avatar Haider Al-Mosawi | Feb 28, 2019 09:03:31
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      @haideralmosawi ?

      Santhosh Guru avatar Santhosh Guru | Feb 28, 2019 17:34:31
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      @haideralmosawi ?

      Santhosh Guru avatar Santhosh Guru | Feb 28, 2019 17:34:34
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